Azalea - Southern Charm / Size 1
Southern Charm Azalea / Rhododendron

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Product Code: AZLSCH1

Azalea ( Rhododendron ) 'Southern Charm' Southern Indica Family

Overall Description

Southern Charm is one of the larger growing Azalea varieties we offer....reaching heights of 6 - 8 feet if left to grow naturally. Can also be kept at a wide range of heights through regular pruning / trimming in late winter. This evergreen Azalea will produce steady, large volumes of light pink to slightly mauve colored blooms all through spring. Blooming can be encouraged & extended through removal of older, expired blooms, and pruning of longer branches. Blooms are average size ( avg 2 1/2 " diameter ), and are one of the better pink shaded colors we have ever seen. Foliage is typical of most of the Southern Indica Azaleas, being fairly large, slightly elongated, and very dark green when mature. Newer growth is a slightly lighter green color, with fine hairlike "fuzz" commonly seen on newer foliage / leaves.

Popular uses for Southern Charm include hedges, colorful accents or borders, and also works very well to help highlight any semi shaded area. Have even seen this variety used as an understory planting under the shady canopies of larger shade trees.

Like all Azaleas, Southern Charm prefers semi shade, and will even do well in planting locations with mostly shade. Shallow, non aggressive root system makes them a great foundation planting choice, and can even be planted closely together for use as a colorful hedge. This fairly shallow root system however, also requires that Azaleas be given regular waterings - be sure that your Azaleas receive water equivalent to about 1" of rainfall each & every week throughout the growing season.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 6 - 8 ft ( if left to grow naturally )

--Mature Width : 5 - 8 ft ( if left to grow naturally )

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 6" - 10" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
7b - 10

--Sun Exposure :
Partial to mostly shade

--Soil Preference :
Average to cool moist & fertile. Mulching strongly recommended

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Semi-evergreen - nice dark green elongated leaves that have a more distinct pointed tip at the end than many Azalea varieties do. Somewhat of a leathery appearance to mature foliage.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - large numbers of bright violet / red colored blooms that typically measure 3" in diameter.

--Diseases / Insects :
Some of the more commonly seen pests to try & bother azaleas would be Bark Scale, Azalea lace Bugs, Leafminers, and occasionally Whiteflies. Diseases are generally not a problem, but the following have been noted in many of the Southern / warmer zones where extensive humidity & moisture can cause some of the following: Azalea gall, powdery mildew, rust, and twig blights.

--Recommended Spacing :
3 - 4 ft apart recommended for hedge planting

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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